There’s always something people have demonized. First it was fat, then it was food additives, and lately it has become sugar. But things people see as evil don't end with our diet.

Other commonly disregarded stuff may have to do with music, like the controversial band known as Nickelback or going to psychological therapy, or not liking animals like rats, tarantulas, and snakes.

We rarely reflect on why specific things cause us such adverse emotions, so this viral thread may give us some perspective. The simple yet thought-provoking question “What doesn't need the hate it gets?” was asked by Redditor u/Alexdoesthedo, and it has clearly produced some very illuminating responses.

#1

People-Share-Things-That-Dont-Deserve-Hate The rain. Rain is f**king awesome. It feeds all the plantlife, makes puddles, and my personal favourite, at night time the rain reflects light and makes even traffic lights look f**king amazing. Jesus I love rain.

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PjandBolt
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1 month ago

And petrichor!! The smell of rain! It's the best

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People-Share-Things-That-Dont-Deserve-Hate Atheists. Most of us are nice, sensible good people just like you, we just happen to have different views on religion. Just like any religion, of course there are extremists that give the group a bad name, and the rest of us look down on them and don't support how they act.

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Paul Garlick
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1 month ago

I think this is mainly a problem in the US tbh

ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

In France, almost nobody cares about your religion in daily life

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Katy
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1 month ago

I'm still confused as to why so many people are so concerned with the faith of others. I wholeheartedly support your right to believe, or not believe, in whatever you choose. Shouldn't I be afforded that same right?

Milan
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1 month ago

I see, that problem comes from “the true believers”. It does not matter from wich religion. I am a believer. But i dont go to church and i am not being a fanatic. I believe in my way and never force people to be. But those true believers, they have their rules and if you dont go by their rules, they judge you, they can be really unpleasant. And this is the problem. They are so entitled. And second, politics should never be done according to religion. Religion should be a private matter and should not be forced on anyone…

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Alan Green
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1 month ago

I like the way Ricky Gervais puts it. When you look at all religions combined there are approx 3000 different Gods. Most religious people only believe in 1 God so they dismiss the other 2999. Atheists dismiss just one more.

Ozacoter
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1 month ago

Exactly. It is also very sad how a supposedly omnipotent god (talking about the Christians here because it’s the one I have closer) only showed himself to a very select group of people. Condemning the other humans in the planer to hell instead of doing miracles all over the planet and sending multiple profets.

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Xatia L
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1 month ago

I’ve never met an extremist atheist

Julie C Rose
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1 month ago

Go on Reddit. They’re not extremist per se, but they’re incredibly obnoxious and absolutely give the rest of us a bad name.

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Stein-Inge Kummeneje
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1 month ago

Atheism is not a religion. Atheists are not a group. Atheists do not have extremists. The only thing atheists have in common is not believing in fairy tales.

Nandina
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1 month ago

Yes, yes and 10 more every day till the day I die and then for three days after that. "Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies." [Thomas Jefferson] "Faith means not wanting to know what is true." [Nietzsche]

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LeiLah
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1 month ago

People don't like that it is possible to be moral, good, and virtuous simply because that is who they want to be; not because "God" told them that's how to behave. Some people don't need "God" to not be a murder or rapist. Lol

Lillukka79
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1 month ago

I've always feared people whos only reason of being a deasent human is gods wrath.

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John Baker
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1 month ago

Atheism is not a religion.

noralin
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1 month ago

Yes it is. It is a belief system.

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fire bug
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1 month ago

I am a Christian and I would say the biggest problem with Christianity are Christians. The small percentage that loudly look down on everyone else makes us all look like bigoted jerks. Its not my job to judge you or to tell you that you have to do anything. My job is to live my life and show love to EVERYONE... not just the people who I deem not "heathen".

jimmy pop
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1 month ago

The difference between an atheist and a cristian is that the latter needs the constant looming threat of eternal pain and suffering to show some moral decency.

Everything_Fubar
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1 month ago

Exactly

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Marianne
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1 month ago

Where I come from, religious people are more often judged than atheists.

Christina Uhlir
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1 month ago

Maybe there's a reason for that, Marianne.

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Herbert Almadin
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1 month ago

Just like any religion? Atheism is NO religion.

noralin
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1 month ago

Yes it is.

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Felype Rennan
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1 month ago

I think that if there's a God then it's a sick creature, because everything in the universe is devour to survive, kill not to starve or worse, if there's one mind that created all this, then it's not a very kind one.

Everything_Fubar
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1 month ago

Exactly. Why would people worship that?

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Bestest Mensch
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1 month ago

I second this. Just because we lack religious belief doesn't mean we judge or scrutinise those who do.

noralin
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1 month ago

Some of you do..

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Chillchillshill
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1 month ago

Atheism is like asexuality. They know what it is - they just aren't excited or care about it.

Nina Khmielnitzky
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1 month ago

Christians think atheists are against them, therefore for Satan. They fail to understand that if we don't believe in any god, we don't believe either for its competition.

Rez Fidel
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1 month ago

It the opposite in germany.. well not hate but overly religious people (weekly church visits, religious morals, etc..) are viewed as weird and backward minded since the population is at least. 40% atheist. Extremists religious hordes are rare.. most of the religous people keep it for themselfes and just belive in God but do not follow religous "rules".

Potatogamers2
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1 month ago (edited)

My husband was denied entry into Germany because he's Muslim. They didn't believe his motives for going there and they believed he was a threat to society. No actual proof. None from his fingerprints, none on his phone that they searched. After hours and hours locked up in a room, he had to go back.

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago

There is an important distinction to be made here, Atheists (A-theists) do not believe in the existence of any deity. Antitheists (Anti-Theists) are actively opposed to beliefs in deities. They are absolutely different, in the way that asocial people do not seek social interaction, and antisocial people seek to actively oppose society.

Tim Pillinger
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1 month ago (edited)

As a Christian part of my understanding of human nature is that we are generally made with an idea of right and wrong. Doesn't matter what you believe, that sense is still there. People who need God to tell the difference are messed up.

Oguz Abdullah
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1 month ago

Atheism is NOT a religion.

Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

No one said it is

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Twodogsandapicnictable
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1 month ago

Extreme athiests? When's the last time an Atheist extremist killed anyone over some imaginary boogeyman? Pretty sure the atheist aren't too extreme.

Id row
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1 month ago

An extreme athiest? Do they not believe in god more than regular athiests or something? I've never met a hostile or judgemental athiest, can't say the same for any other religion, aside from Buddhism.

noralin
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1 month ago

Just because you haven't met any, doesn't mean that there aren't any.

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Albo alt
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1 month ago

My favorite saying is "I don't believe in all the gods. You don't believe in all the gods except one. We're not so different."

Bitemabum
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1 month ago

My ex mil was a born again Christian and she was one nasty piece of work

elfin
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1 month ago

I sometimes think that many loud "Christians" don't really believe in God, based on how they behave. It's just a shield they hide behind while they do nasty things in the name of God.

noralin
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1 month ago

Yes unfortunately there are many people who are christian only by name but their hearts are far away from Jesus.

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W. 5
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1 month ago

Where in the world is atheism getting hate?

Jessica Aubé
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1 month ago

I think atheists are far more accepted than people of faith

ChinmayGhule
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1 month ago

To express your opinion, you need to have strength. If you are stronger than the same-minded group, would they dare to ignore or oppose your opinion?

Everything_Fubar
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1 month ago

Atheists are smart. The people that hate them are desperate and jealous because of the faith that ties them down.

noralin
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1 month ago

Not all atheists are smart. Also, real christians don't hate anyone and they are not desperate or jealous of atheists.

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Ella Greenman
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1 month ago

I understand, but the ones i know hate and ridicule me for being Jewish and Christian

Potatogamers2
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1 month ago

And that's wrong of them. I mean, I understand someone can find it odd for anyone to be 2 religion at once, but hate and ridicule? No.. it's not their business!

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Kim Stucky
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1 month ago

My sister is an atheist, while I believe in God. I would never try to force my beliefs onto her. I mean God gave us free will to choose. Do religious groups trying to strip others of that free will think they are better than God????

Roger Haywood
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1 month ago

Yes they do.

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Kathy Jasper
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1 month ago

I've had more than one person confuse my belief in evolution and/or not taking the Bible literally with being an atheist.

Gasoline Cupcake
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1 month ago

As someone who believes in God (I'm not part of any religion) I can still respect other religions and not be stupid about it.

Gehtdich Nixan
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1 month ago

Uhm what? In my part of the world (Western Europe), being an Atheist is pretty much default, at least in my generation.

Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago (edited)

Plus, most Atheists and Agnostics did try several different religions before deciding on none, but gleaned the best guidelines from them along the way. For example, the Golden Rule, which appears in nearly every religious text, makes perfect sense in a secular way as well as a religious one. So, it’s not like we’re anarchists who want to live in chaos. We want get along peacefully with other people too. We just don’t want to fight wars to force them to live by our rules (though, if you think about it, most do already anyway). Oh, and Agnostics are not Atheists!

Roger Haywood
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1 month ago

Yes and no. Technically, everyone is Agnostic. Nobody 'knows' if a god exists or not, we either believe (faith), or we do not believe. So yes, you can be an Agnosic Atheist.

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Carmen Sandiego
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1 month ago

Wait, atheists get hate?

Helen Haley
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1 month ago

In the US, there are still laws on the books that you can't run for certain offices if you are. Said I was an atheist once, was asked when I started worshiping satan. It was wild.

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Mister Ghost Foot
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1 month ago

The main issue is every religion or non religion has extremists and it gets worse when the extremists are up front and making all the normal believers and non believers look horrible.

Vasana Phong
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1 month ago

Every one has a right to chose, bottom line just be good compassionate people

Ellkje0805
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1 month ago

Genuine question: are there extreme atheist movements out there? I've never heard of any.

Potatogamers2
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1 month ago

I like how this is high in the list, but looking at the comments, the religious folks get more hate..

Christina Uhlir
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1 month ago

If there was a majority of nice, sensible good people you would not be hated. The reality: no human being can either prove existence of god or disprove "His" existence. God is unknown and probably unknowable!!!

yellowphantom
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1 month ago

I have heard the argument made that if you don't believe in a specific god, you may as well be an atheist, in the eyes of someone who believes in that specific god. Because you don't believe in "God". You know; the Real one. Even if you claim to believe in a god, if it isn't the right one, it doesn't count as believing in a god. This is not just the US; let's not forget the Middle East and parts of Africa.They whack your head off for that stuff there. In the US, they just stigmatize you.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

Well said. You can't assume a few bad apples are representative of the group as a whole. A recent quote I came across "If your religion requires you to hate anyone, you need a new religion".

EJN
Community Member
1 month ago

If religion is the "personal" connection to god that so many Christians claim these days, then why do so many people spend time criticizing and hating other people's personal connection to god regardless of what it is called?

noralin
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1 month ago

Unfortunately not everyone who claims to be a chistian, truely is one. A real christian does not hate anyone.

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okpkpkp
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1 month ago

I've been a happy, reasonable, Atheist for over 60 years.

Dariusz M. D.
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1 month ago

I am one, and I do not really feel that I have to assure everyone I am nice. I actually am not. This alone does not make my stand views any less relevant.

Lyone Fein
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1 month ago

It would be nice if nonreligious people would have this same attitude towards religious people too.

Anna Repp
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1 month ago

Atheism is NOT a religion!

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 month ago

Most of us who follow non-mainstream religions have the same problem. I’m a Druid, and no, we don’t sacrifice babies or anything like that. We worship nature in all its forms and served as the bards, teachers, and lawgivers in the ancient world.

Requiem
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1 month ago

Atheism is NOT a religion, there isnt Extremist Atheists going around blowing people up. If you dont like knowing God doesnt exist and this is the age of Science than thats too bad.

nunya bussiness
Community Member
1 month ago

exactly. just because we're atheists doesn't mean that we think your beliefs are stupid. we respect your religion/culture just don't participate in it.

noralin
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1 month ago

I am glad to hear that you respect other people's beliefs. Unfortunately that is not true with all atheists.

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Ashbug
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1 month ago

Sometimes I think organized religion is the worst thing to happen to humanity all it seems to do is put people at odds with each other

Hayley Rodgers
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1 month ago

One problem, which I don't subscribe to but I know it's an issue, is that a lot of religious people think that you need religion to be a good person. Therefore atheist and people who are just spiritual with no organized religion connected cannot be moral in their eyes.

Peter Bear
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1 month ago

Thank you, OP, for acknowledging what many people don't; atheism is a category of religion. It's a belief system like any other, with a set number of gods. In monotheism, you have one god. In polytheism, you have many... and in atheism, you have zero, which is a number. And since no one can prove (or disprove) which of these numbers is correct, atheism is a religion like any other.

John Baker
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1 month ago

You are one dumb son of a bitch.

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Miss Frankfurter
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1 month ago (edited)

It would seem from this post that atheism exists everywhere. So does belief in some religion. No one should force their opinions on others about this. Everyone has the right to their OWN beliefs and opinions. Respect that. I am a person of faith, but I hold to respect. It's about how you treat others. There are atheists that treat others like crap. But, there are also so many atheists who are good, kind, moral people who lead good lives. There are people of faith (any faith) who are good, kind and moral people who live and let live. But, there are people who believe in God and then proceed to inform me that I am condemned to hell if.......or they act with unbelievable cruelty in the name of "god". I have an issue with that, not atheists.

Xylle Flora
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1 month ago

Same. Just like you don't hate on others for their religion, don't blame atheists for not believing in it

Katinka Min
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1 month ago

What exactly does an extreme Atheist do?? Saying 'There is no God! really loudly?? Half my country consists of atheists. Since the Christains in my country are usually not bat-s**t crazy, the difference between them is really not that apparent.

Radek Suski
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1 month ago

Liar. We are bunch of miserable god hating creatures. And we are eating babies

Molly Block
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1 month ago

Hear, hear. I am one of those nice, sensible, good people.

Sam rice
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1 month ago

In the US hardcore "christians" are who I fear most

noralin
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1 month ago

As a European christian I have gotten quite a strange impression from American christians. I don't personally know any of them, but they do seem hypocritical. And that is far from christianity. Jesus preached against hypocriticism multiple times.

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Dre Mosley
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1 month ago

Most I've encountered are fine. I think with newer generations, atheism is on the rise in the US.

Debra Robinson
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1 month ago (edited)

Same goes for Satanists, I think. From what I've read/heard, many(?) are actually very cool!

Thomas Sweda
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1 month ago

Well, you can pray for them.

Thunder
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1 month ago

Since when are atheist getting hate?

Mrs. Jan Glass
Community Member
1 month ago

Been, well, anywhere in America? I regularly get death threats because I don't believe in someone's God. The number of times "good, loving Christians" have told me to "put a gun in your mouth and shoot yourself" when I say "No, I don't go to church," or "No, I no longer hold any religious beliefs" or "I am an ex-Christian" far outnumbers the times said Christians have been kind and loving in the model of Jesus.

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Tanja H
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1 month ago

Change Atheists to religious people and it works as well....

brooklyne71@gmail.com
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1 month ago

My mawmaw is a karen

Aliquid A
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1 month ago

Only true if you live somewhere with a high percentage of the population being part of one religion. If you live in a multicultural community, this isn't an issue.

Computernaut
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1 month ago

Aren't the majority of people effectively atheists these days? I don't think they get a lot of hate (or any hate, for that matter) at all.

Noel Benavente
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1 month ago

- Me: If God is real, why did he make me an atheist? - Believer: because he gave you freewill to act like you want - Ok, if so... why do you want me to change my view if it is God's will not to believe? Why do you hate homosexuals claiming that "God's does not like them" if that's what they choose to be under freewill (assuming that homosexuality is not part of the creation and they choose to be like that). Isn't that contradictory? (among 100s other contradictions i have found on their arguments)

Potatogamers2
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1 month ago

I'm a believer without contradictions. I don't mind arguing something like this with you, if you want? To start with, I don't hate homosexuals and it's not that God doesn't like them.

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Clearly sunny
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1 month ago

Yep.

denzoren
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1 month ago

All religion has got extremists, those are the ones you've got to look out for.

Helen Haley
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1 month ago

Atheist, not a religion.

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Dina Gregoire
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1 month ago

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Catlady6000
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1 month ago

As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I find atheists and agnostics the easiest and most interesting to talk to. Could be because I used to be agnostic. As a group, I personally find they are more reasonable and logical than people are strongly religious.

H Edwards
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1 month ago

JW is a cult, not a religion. Although the difference can be pretty immaterial sometimes.

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

I've never been "hated" for being an atheist. Not even by my catholic family, which btw never forced their beliefs on me anyway

Nor
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1 month ago

Judge not less he be judged

Debbie Burton
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1 month ago

More like all atheists are nice and sensible.....

Stein-Inge Kummeneje
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1 month ago

Man, some of the comments here make me lose what little faith I had left for the US.

Rez Fidel
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1 month ago

Yep..totally an US problem.. in germany its mostly the opposite. Beeing overly religious (weekly churchvisits, religious morals, etc..) is viewed as wierd and backward minded since almost 40% of the population are atheist.

Tapio Magnussen
Community Member
1 month ago

Catholics. Most of us are nice, sensible good people just like you, we just happen to have different views on religion. Just like any religion, of course there are extremists that give the group a bad name, and the rest of us look down on them and don't support how they act.

H Edwards
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1 month ago

The Catholic church, on the other hand, is an oppressive and powerful institution. I don't hate Catholics, but I do hate the institution.

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Eric Mac Fadden
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1 month ago

Atheism is a religious label. I'd rather DEFAULT

Solidhog
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1 month ago

God! (sorry) They would hate me even more. I am not even an atheist. Athiests belive in something or the chance of a god. I don't believe there is anything mythical, supernatural or mystical. I beleive we are just another life form on a planet trying to survive.

Potatogamers2
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1 month ago

That is atheism.

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Wouldn't You Like to Know
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1 month ago

A fool says in his heart there is no God.

DC
Community Member
1 month ago

Well ... in societies where religion has a lot more to say than it deserves, it won't be possible to avoid stepping on someone's toes. Don't blame us for stretching them out deliberately.

Moisturized Elbows
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1 month ago

I want to agree but when i used to be religious i met too many who laughed and mocked me for believing nomatter how much i tried to respect their unbelief. Did my best to respect other people's choices and yet i was still called dumb for choosing to believe. Even dated an atheist who did his best to try and change but i never forced him to accommodate my faith. Freedom of religion? Nah Now that im not religious, it's a different story....

Moisturized Elbows
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1 month ago

change me*

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Jonathan
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1 month ago

My main problem with atheists is they look down on people.

Linda H
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1 month ago

This post. I could say the exact same thing. I'm Christian.

Jarrod Nichols
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1 month ago

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It's the rule that you MUST tell everyone you meet that you are an atheist that is annoying.

John Baker
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1 month ago

Most atheists don't mention that they're atheists in casual conversation. There's just no reason to. We generally only let it be known we're atheists when religious people try to force their beliefs onto us. If every atheist you meet makes it a point to tell you he/she is an atheist, perhaps the problem is you.

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sofacushionfort
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1 month ago

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In some parts of the US, the “offensive” atheists are pretty much the same as the “existing” atheists. Polls show them as a danger to the nation.

Drawings of HS
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1 month ago

1: What you call the offensive atheists are just bad people who are also atheist. 2: For once, where are the frickin polls

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Dee gee
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1 month ago

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I'll never understand the concept of being part of a group that exists purely based on their lack of belief for something. It's bizarre. Many atheists I've met are so passionate about the fact they don't believe something to be true. Even have a name for it.. Its hilarious. If you don't believe in something there's nothing to discuss

Potatogamers2
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1 month ago

Atheism isn't 'being part of a group', someone just is or isn't an atheist..

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People-Share-Things-That-Dont-Deserve-Hate Not wanting kids.

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James016
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1 month ago

There is nothing wrong with not wanting kids. No one should have to justify their decision not to have kids.

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People-Share-Things-That-Dont-Deserve-Hate Pineapple on pizza. It’s delicious, and if you hate it don’t s**t on people who like it.

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Friday
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1 month ago

Pineapple on pizza is amazing 🤩